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'''Eleanora Fagan''' (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), professionally known as '''Billie Holiday''', was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "'''Lady Day'''" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop music|pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating Phrase (music)|phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills, which made up for her limited range and lack of formal music education. There were other jazz singers with equal talent, but Holiday had a voice that captured the attention of her audience. After a turbulent childhood, Holiday began singing in nightclubs in Harlem, where she was heard by the producer John Hammond (producer)|John Hammond, who commended her voice. She signed a...
Birth nameEleanora Fagan
Birth date{{Birth date|1915|4|7}}
Birth placePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OriginHarlem, New York, U.S.
Death date{{Death date and age|1959|7|17|1915|4|7}}
Death placeNew York City, New York
InstrumentVocals
GenreVocal jazz, jazz blues, torch songs, Swing music|swing, blues, R&B
OccupationSinger
Years active1933–1959
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billie holiday
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